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Osweiler Returns to Denver in Texans-Broncos MNF Clash

Brock Osweiler makes his grand return to Sports Authority Field at Mile High when the Houston Texans (4-2 SU) tangle with the Denver Broncos (4-2 SU) in the Week 7 edition of Monday Night Football.

Shark Bites
  • The Texans are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games as an underdog of 6.5 or less.
  • The Broncos are 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games at home after losing their most recent home game.
  • The Broncos are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games after losing as a favorite.

When the Texans and Broncos collide, low-scoring affairs are the story. The UNDER has paid out in three of the last four matchups between the teams.

Betting on favorites isn’t always a sound strategy in NFL betting, but it has been a fruitful endeavor in this series. Faves have gone 4-1 ATS in the last five matchups between Houston and Denver.

At the time of writing, the Broncos were sitting as 7.5-point favorites with a total of 40.5.

When the Broncos take the field as favorites, it’s the UNDER that’s been cashing with ease. The UNDER is 8-2 in Denver’s previous 10 as faves. Meanwhile, the UNDER is 4-1 in Houston’s last five as an underdog.

Osweiler’s decision to depart Colorado did not come as a surprise. After taking over the reins of the starting quarterback position due to a Peyton Manning injury, the 25-year-old did a solid job under center. But when Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak went back to Manning in the postseason, the writing was on the wall for Osweiler to leave as a free agent.

The Texans, who have had a less than stellar history at the quarterback position, handed Osweiler a four-year, $72-million deal this summer. He has 1,402 passing yards to go along with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions through six games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Denver Broncos in this one found them as -6.5-point favorites earlier in the week at [custom bodog-link], while the total was sitting at 41.5.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 28-12 victory for the Broncos. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Houston Texans vs Denver Broncos Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Denver Broncos currently sport a record of 4-2, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-2 ATS. The Houston Texans are 4-2 and 3-2-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Denver Broncos post a 3-3 over under record this season, while the Houston Texans have gone 3-3 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Denver vs Houston injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 8 (Denver Broncos) and the No. 13 (Houston Texans) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Denver's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 23.33 PPG, against a Texans defense that ranks No. 12 this week at 21.17 PPG. The Broncos aerial game is averaging 224.83 yards per game, more than the Texans secondary allows through the air, 189.33 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Houston Texans feature the league's No. 28-rated road run defense, allowing 140.5 yards per game. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, ranks No. 11 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Indianapolis was unable to contain Lamar Miller in its last action Sunday and the result was a 26-23 Week 6 loss against the Texans.

In their last game, the Broncos were Week 6 losers coming out on the wrong end of 21-13 score against San Diego.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • Houston is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games on the road
  • Denver is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Denver is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver's last 9 games
  • Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Detroit, Sunday, October 30th
Denver home to San Diego, Sunday, October 30th